2021 World Day of the Poor

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The Fifth World Day of the Poor will be observed on 14 November 2021. In the message, entitled “The poor you will always have with you” (Mk 14:7), Pope Francis states: “The poor, always and everywhere, evangelize us, because they enable us to discover in new ways the true face of the Father. ‘They have much to teach us. Besides participating in the sensus fidei, they know the suffering Christ through their own sufferings. It is necessary that we all let ourselves be evangelized by them. The new evangelization is an invitation to recognize the salvific power of their lives and to place them at the centre of the Church’s journey. We are called to discover Christ in them, to lend them our voice in their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to understand them and to welcome the mysterious wisdom that God wants to communicate to us through them. Our commitment does not consist exclusively of activities or programmes of promotion and assistance; what the Holy Spirit mobilizes is not an unruly activism, but above all an attentiveness that considers the other in a certain sense as one with ourselves. This loving attentiveness is the beginning of a true concern for their person which inspires me effectively to seek their good’ (Evangelii Gaudium, 198-199).”

Pope Francis established the World Day of Poor following the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in November 2016.

Message for the 2021 World Day of the Poor